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Academic Program Guide

Chemical Science

College: Arts and Sciences
Degree: B. S. or B. A.
Limited Access: No

Contact: Claire Butler (fr/soph)
Address: 344DLC Tallahassee, FL 32306-4390
Phone: 850.644.8434
Contact: Mr. Joshua Cummings (jr/sr)
Address: 344DLC Tallahassee, FL 32306-4390
Phone: 850.644.6004

Description of Major
Note to prospective transfer students: prospective transfer students should contact (Arts & Sciences Admissions) with specific questions about admission and mapping requirements.

This degree is designed for students who want a background knowledge of chemistry as a gateway into another field. Examples are pre-pharmacy, pre-dental, pre-veterinarian, oceanography, environmental science, and forensic science. This degree may be appropriate for pre-medical if augmented with other courses desired by colleges of medicine. Other possibilities include a combination of chemistry with areas such as law and business. This degree should not be used by someone planning to work as a chemist directly or planning to do graduate work in Chemistry. The degree in Chemistry better serves these objectives.

Prerequisite Coursework
The following are required in preparation for the upper division major.
All may also apply toward General Education, major, and/or collateral coursework.

CHM X045, X045L (3, 1) General Chemistry I and Lab
CHM X046, X046L (3, 1) General Chemistry II and Lab
CHM X210, X210L (3, 1) Organic Chemistry I and Lab*
CHM X211, X211L (3, 1) Organic Chemistry II and Lab (CHM 2211L is 3 credits at FSU)
MAC X311 (4) Calculus with Analytic Geometry I

*If taken at FSU, CHMX210 does not require a lab. If taken at any other state/community college or university in Florida, students MUST complete BOTH CHMX210 and CHMX210 Lab.

Note: State-wide common prerequisites are always under review. For the most current information and for acceptable alternative courses, visit the “Common Prerequisites Manual.” This is available from the “Student Services” section of


Requirements for graduation in the College of Arts and Sciences include:
The College of Arts and Science requires proficiency in a foreign language through the intermediate (2220 or equivalent) level or sign language through the advanced (2614 or equivalent) level.

Requirements for Progression to the Upper-Division Major:
Students must complete at least 52 hours of credit with a minimum grade point average of 2.0, at least half the required General Education hours, including English composition and mathematics, or an A.A. Degree.

Departmental policy on grades and progress in the major:
No required course in which a student has earned a grade below C minus may be applied toward any of the degrees in chemistry. Students must also make a C minus or better in the first semester of a year sequence course (or obtain the instructor's permission) to continue the sequence.

A student who has received more than two unsatisfactory grades (U, F, D-, D, D+) in the following courses, taken at Florida State University or elsewhere, including repeated unsatisfactory grades in the same course, will not be permitted to graduate with a degree offered by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry: CHM 1045, CHM 1045L, CHM 1046, CHM 1046L, CHM 2210, MAC 1105, MAC 1114, MAC 1140, MAC 2311.

A student who has received more than five unsatisfactory grades (U, F, D-, D, D+) in all science or mathematics courses (and their prerequisites) required for any major offered by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, taken at FSU or elsewhere, including repeated unsatisfactory grades in the same required, will not be permitted to graduate with a degree in that major.

Major Program of Studies at FSU: 41-42 hours
Chemistry Courses (29-30 hours)
CHM 1045, 1045L (3, 1) or 1050, 1050L (3, 1) General Chemistry I and Lab
CHM 1046, 1046L (3, 1) or 1051, 1051L (3, 2) General Chemistry II and Lab
CHM 2210 (3) Organic Chemistry I
CHM 2211, 2211L (3, 3) Organic Chemistry II and Lab
CHM 3120, 3120L (3, 1) Analytical Chemistry I and Lab
CHM 3400 (4) Physical Chemistry or CHM 4410-4411 (3, 3) Physical Chemistry I and II
CHM 4130, 4130L (3, 1) Advanced Analytical Chemistry and Lab

Collateral Coursework: (12 hours)

The Chemical Science major requires completion of all the courses listed below. These courses may also be used to satisfy General Education courses or towards the minor.

Math through Calculus I: MAC 2311 (4).
Either PHY 2053C, 2054C (4, 4) College Physics A and B, or PHY 2048C, 2049C (5, 5) General Physics A and B (calculus based).

Minor Coursework: 12 hours or more.
Chemical Science majors must complete the required hours/courses for an approved minor field or 15 hours in an interdepartmental minor approved by the Department of Chemistry. Frequently Chemical Science majors will complete a second major, which satisfies this requirement.

Computer Skills Competency: CHM 3120L satisfies this requirement.

Oral Communication Competency: 0-3 hours
Students must demonstrate the ability to orally transmit ideas and information clearly. This requirement may be met with an approved college-level course. See:

Minimum Program Requirements - Summary
Total Hrs. Required 120
General Education 36*
Prerequisite Coursework – all prerequisite coursework may also apply to other requirements
Major Coursework 41
Minor Coursework 12*
Foreign Language 0-12 (depending on placement)
Computer Skills 0 beyond major
Oral Communication Competency 0-3
Electives to bring total hours to 120
*Some coursework required for the major may also be applied towards General Education and/or minor requirements.

Mapping is FSU’s academic advising and monitoring system. Academic progress is monitored each Fall and Spring semester to ensure that students are on course to earn their degree in a timely fashion. Transfer students must meet mapping guidelines to be accepted into their majors. You may view the map for this major at

1. A minimum of 45 hours at the 3000 level or above, 30 of which must be taken at this University. (Note: calculus, organic chemistry and physics courses will count toward meeting this requirement.)
2. Half of the major course semester hours must be completed in residence at this University.
3. The final 30 hours must be completed in residence at this University.
4. All 3000 and 4000 level chemistry and biochemistry courses must be taken in residence at FSU.
5. The B. A. Degree requires an additional 9 hours in the fields of history and humanities beyond General Education.
6. Students with five or more grades below C minus in required courses or their prerequisites, including transfer courses, will be dropped from the program.

Employment Information
Salary Information: National Association of Colleges and Employers, Occupational Outlook Handbook

Representative Job Titles Related to this major (note that this is a pre-professional degree and not designed to prepare the student to enter any specific chemical work area): Baccalaureate level - Pharmaceutical Sales. Service Representative, Technical Writer, Inspector (food or drug), Laboratory Assistant, Technician, Teacher - high school.

Representative Employers: Pharmaceutical/Chemical Manufacturers, Governmental Agencies, Professional/Technical Journals, High Schools.

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